Atom Fables: Ballroom Marfa at the High Line

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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Atom Fables: Ballroom Marfa at the High Line

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Friends of the High Line and Ballroom Marfa present Atom Fables, a new multimedia collaborative work by artists Laleh Khorramian and Shahzad Ismaily.

Atom Fables features experimental film sequences by Khorramian set to live soundtracks by Ismaily. Improvising side by side, projected images inform and activate sound, combining recorded electronic compositions with live instruments, such as melodica, guitar, hand bells, and drums. In these short sequences, the element of ether is the central character shaping notions of “space,” seemingly untouched prehistoric landscapes devoid of exact location or scale, while minute transformations occur within the strange futuristic terrains.

Khorramian and Ismaily began collaborating four years ago. Ismaily has scored three of Khorramian’s recent animated films: Liuto Golis (which premiered at Ballroom Marfa in October 2010), Water Panics in the Sea (2011), and the upcoming movie in her Golis Galaxy sci-fi series. This will be their first live performance.

14th Street Passage
On the High Line at West 14th Street

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required.

Based in Brooklyn, Laleh Khorramian melds animation, digital media, and found footage with traditional artistic media, such as collages, monotypes, and drawing. In a vacillating process between macro and micro views of painted landscapes and incidental spaces, Khorramian explores discarded material and chance outcomes as a creative strategy for storytelling.

Based in New York, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily has composed music for dance, theatre and the concert stage, as well as film, including the score for the critically acclaimed movie Frozen River, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. He performs with Marc Ribot, Bonnie Prince Billy, Laurie Anderson, Secret Chiefs 3, among others.

Formerly a dance hall dating back to 1927, Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit art space in Marfa, Texas, which hosts a dynamic and diverse range of visual arts exhibitions, music events, film screenings, dance and theater performances. As a center for public exploration of contemporary art and culture, Ballroom Marfa is particularly interested in helping artists and curators achieve projects that have significant cultural impact but would be impossible to realize in a traditional gallery or museum setting.

Performances on the High Line are generously supported by The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation.